Hope For The Watchman

Amidst all the chaos in the world today, I just wanted to ask and get you thinking for yourself – how’s your hope? What perspective are you viewing from? Are you seeing things from the Ephesians 2:6, seated with Christ in Heavenly places mindset…or are you viewing life with an overwhelmed heart?

Can you see the angel armies camped around you during this time?

I’m an intercessor, and I’ll be honest with you – at times I have been quite overwhelmed with what I am seeing. Sometimes I forget that I’m praying from Heavenly realms with Heavenly armies on my side, and I get so tired that I see the bad as being bigger than the good.  But today, the Lord called me higher again, and I feel that I want to do the same for you especially if you are a watchmen intercessor who has been in war over this virus chaos.

I was reading in 1 Samuel 14 about Jonathan and his armor-bearer sneaking into the Philistines’ camp and causing their own chaos.  The Philistines were getting ready to attack Israel, so Jonathon and his friend snuck in, killed a few important men, then snuck out again, causing the Philistines to be in confusion and start to kill one another.  Verse 15 says, “And there was a panic in the camp, in the field, and among all the people. The garrison and even the raiders trembled, the earth quaked, and it became a very great panic.”  The Hebrew actually states that there was a great panic from God.  Verse 16 says that the WATCHMEN saw the chaos in the enemy’s camp…and within few more verses, we see Saul’s army getting to go in and defeat the Philistines as they fled.

Here’s where the Lord stopped me: The watchmen SAW the panic in the enemy’s camp.  It must have been a sight – warriors running to and fro, swords swinging and the earth quaking.  It could have appeared to be something quite frightening to those watching out!  But the watchmen chose to see the HOPE and VICTORY in the chaos, and by verse 23 we see that “So the Lord saved Israel that day.”  Praise God!

The encouragement is this:  As watchmen, especially prophetic intercessors, we can often see the potential battles before anyone else.

The potential is there for us to grow fearful, nervous, even feel a sense of dread or being overwhelmed by what we see with our natural sight.  But if we look a little harder – knowing that we live under the BLOOD of Jesus – we will see that God is for us and not against us.

We will see that there is indeed VICTORY as our brothers go into the enemy’s camp and cause chaos. As watchmen, we get to see the HOPE and the VICTORIES and not just the chaos.  We can rest assured that more are there FOR US than against us.

If you feel weary and overwhelmed as I did this morning, ask the Lord to begin to show you the victory.  Ask Him for His heartbeat in each situation you are praying for, and ask Him for strategy to bring Holy Spirit into everything you are standing in the gap for.  

Continue to go up higher, and you will see a whole new scope of the horizon like never before!  Ask Him so show you the “more” that is for you, then watch and be amazed at the victory of the Lord!

When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:15-17)

 ~ Mandy Woodhouse

Hope For The Watchman

Cheerful

A glad heart makes a face happy, but heartache breaks the spirit. -Proverbs 15:13 (CJB)

Cheerful! Trying times we live in. Many cannot leave their homes. Businesses suffering. Stock Market plummeting. We have all read articles and watched videos in hopes of understanding what is happening. To be honest, I don’t know what to believe. I don’t know what is TRUTH about the virus that has shut down the world. Is this virus a conspiracy theory that the government is behind to clean up evil? Was this virus started by humans, or did it evolve from animals that humans ate? Will this all blow over soon, or last for months? I don’t know! Some days it is difficult to be cheerful.

What I do know is, we are called to be DIFFERENT. If we claim to follow the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob we are supposed to act different. We are supposed to understand we are a CHOSEN people. We are supposed to LEAD THE WAY in our response to this situation. Unfortunately, as I read posts, most of my friends who follow Christ are freaking out more than my friends who do not believe God’s Word. My friends who are relaxed and soaking it all in are those who choose to have no care in the world. These friends are also the most cheerful.

Why do we carry a load? Why do we worry about tomorrow? Why do those of us who say we TRUST the Word of God respond with heaviness? As I read the posts I see people trying to figure out what God is saying. There are Words of prophecy that contradict each other. One “prophet” says one thing, another has a different word. As we try to “figure things out” we become so engrossed in hearing from God that we lose track of the JOY He brings.

Prophets are needed, don’t get me wrong. We need others to encourage us and correct us. We need the community to come together and work as a body for HIS purpose. However, we also need to be a LIGHT to those around us and LOVE those He sends our way. Too often we let what we think is HIS work get in the way of DOING. We become hearers, not doers.

I believe we need to laugh. I believe we need to focus on being cheerful. This is a challenge to myself. I know I do not do this often enough. Laughter brings health to our soul. If our soul is strong, than we are stronger. During these times we need inner strength. That comes from focusing on WHO God is FOR US and WHO God is in our life.

Today I challenge you to focus on the JOY in your life. Think about what is GOOD, TRUE and right. Rejoice in EVERYTHING that God has brought your way. Then let that JOY bring comfort to those around you.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day Adonai has made, a day for us to rejoice and be glad.

Love and blessings.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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Pick Your Eyes Up

I’ve been having issues at home lately with my wi-fi.  Now with so many people working from home during this virus, my internet speed seems much slower than usual!  I run an online ministry, so needless to say I cannot afford to have dodgy internet speeds.

This morning I was meant to do an online teaching over Facebook live, and since I was already out-and-about I figured I’d record the live video from the top of a parking tower at a local shopping center. Not only is the wi-fi strong at this center, but I knew that if I were to record from the top of the tower, I’d also probably have less live interruptions from people and dogs barking (which is a normal thing at my house).

After 45 minutes on top of this tower, I felt like I had downloads from Heaven!  The downloads didn’t come because I was physically higher up, but because God literally changed my perspective while I was there.  I was positioned at a parking spot that overlooked the Brisbane CBD area, as well as the river, as well as some local apartment complexes and parks.  It was a stunning view, and the Lord spoke to me clearly about what I was looking at while up on that high place.

First of all, I could see farther and more clearly than if I had been a few levels down.  Even one more level down and I could not have seen the lovely ferries going back and forth across the Brisbane River.  I could have seen the tall, looming skyscrapers and probably even some of the heavy traffic on the main drive, but I would not have seen the river.

He then showed me a small group of people standing around at the bus stop near the bottom of the parking tower.  They were waiting on a bus, and many of them were anxiously looking at watches and phones every few moments.  If I was down below, even just two levels down, I would have been able to see these anxious people, but I wouldn’t have been able to see that their bus was actually stuck in traffic.  

On the top of the tower I was positioned to see the situation “on the ground,” so to speak, but I could also see the cause and effect of the situations as well as the solution.  In this case, the solution was a broken-down car that needed to be pushed out of the road so that the traffic could flow freely and the bus would be on time – yet the people at the bus stop could only see that their bus was running behind.  I could see everything happening because where I stood on the tall tower.

You can easily pull the analogies and prophetic metaphors out so I won’t explain it further.  However, I wanted to share one part of this experience “up high” that really stuck with me.  I believe it will also stick with you, especially in this particular time of history.

God drew my attention to the fact that I was up high and could see so much.  He then reminded me of the watchmen on the walls, which are found all throughout scripture (see Isaiah 62:6; Ezekiel 3:17; Psalm 130; Habakkuk 2:1, just to name a few).  The watchmen are up high and can see the full landscape. 

They, just like me in that moment, could see the situation on the ground as well as the reasons for hold-ups, for the “traffic” and for all the noise.  They could also see the enemy’s camp and what he was up to.  

When we are up high and can see the landscape before us, the temptation is always to keep our focus on the enemy’s camp.  Yet the Lord has actually called us high for a reason, and our assignment goes beyond just eye-balling what the enemy is doing.  He also calls us to look to the horizon, to see the sun rising upon the earth.  

We get the honor of being up high and seeing not only what the enemy is doing, but especially what GOD is doing!  We don’t focus on the broken-down car or the traffic it causes – we focus on JESUS, who we are already seated with in Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

We get to call forth the Light to drive away the darkness, and we get to remain high above the chaos below.

There will always be an invitation to go up higher.  This time period in history, however, needs us to actually accept that invitation.  The Lord has been reminding me to not be distracted by the darkness, but to keep my eyes on the horizon.

May we continue to keep our eyes up HIGH and on what God is doing, and not focused on the darkness.

May Jesus SHINE brighter than ever!

And if you’re having wi-fi issues, I suggest you find a tall parking tower.  I promise, God will meet you there (smile)!

~ Mandy Woodhouse

An Act Of Worship

Worthy are You my Lord
great is Your sacrifice
I’m undone before You
for I am just a man
Your love has no measure
my eternal King Jesus
whether I am poor or rich
at whatever state I’m in
I will kneel before You
and proclaim Your name
I will use my gifts
for Your glory my Lord
for all that I am
all that I have
everything I do
is an act of worship
unto You.

(C)Atelier Mirabilia 2020

Minister To Me

oh’ Spirit of the living God
write upon the tablets of my heart
flooding me with healing waters
take away the stony heart
brand me with a heart of flesh
hear the sound of my soul’s cry
there’s power in the spilling ink
crimson blood the seal of love
upon the wretchedness of my soul
what can wash away my sins
the blood of Jesus Christ my King
amazing grace I am redeemed
salvation’s come to Caleb’s house
behold all things are passed away
behold all things are become new
I will sing of Your unfailing love
the gift You have bestowed on me.

(C)Atelier Mirabilia 2020

Security

If you looked at the title, I’m sure you know where my thoughts are headed in this blog. It isn’t difficult to realize that in the days we are facing, security is important.

Our family is facing interesting moments because of living overseas, and the travel my husband and I have done. I am thankful I believe in a God Who is in control of all things and knows all things!

Exodus 19:5 Now if you will pay careful attention to what I say and keep my covenant, then you will be my own treasure from among all the peoples, for all the earth is mine;

This verse is SECURITY! “YOU will be my own treasure…” IF you PAY CAREFUL attention to what I say and KEEP my covenant!

There is something we must DO in order to find security!

Romans 8:35-37 Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War? As the Tanakh puts it, “For your sake we are being put to death all day long, we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us.

These verses should also help us have security. The troubles of this world are NEVER going to separate us from HIS LOVE! YOU are a CONQUEROR because HE LOVES YOU!

On March 1 I traveled to Ukraine for some meetings about the work we are beginning with youth who are in transition. Our flight landed and someone came on the plane and required that we all have our temperature taken in case we might be “infected.” The gentleman next to me and I struck up a conversation. My thought was, “It’s a little late now! If someone has a temperature, we have all been exposed and will all go into quarantine! They should have done this before we left the airport in Cyprus.” The gentleman next to me said, “A step before that, they should have checked everyone entering the airport in Cyprus and not allowed anyone in that had a temperature. That would have prevented even more possible scenarios.”

Did I feel secure after they shot a thermometer at my forehead? No, not really. I knew that if someone was a carrier on the flight I would have already been exposed to the virus. Did I feel secure walking around Ukraine, or even since I have returned to Cyprus? No, not really. At this point I have been in so many places that anything could have happened. Cyprus is now “shut down.” Only “essential stores” (supermarkets, pharmacies, gas stations…) are open. All malls, sports venues, coffee shops etc… are closed for four weeks. They are limiting who enters the country and require everyone (even citizens) to have a certificate stating they are not infected with the virus.

Living in Israel as long as we did, people always asked me if I felt secure. They wanted to know if it was safe to visit. Knowing that rockets could fly over, or a suicide bombing attempt could occur, was always something friends and family were concerned about for us. I learned to respond that I always felt safest when I knew that God wanted me somewhere. If He wanted me in Israel, than I was safe no matter what happened. If He wanted me in the US, than I was safer to be there.

I also know, because of my faith in HIM, that no matter what happens, life or death, I am SAFE and SECURE because HE is in control.

We live in days and times that safety and security seem to be non-existent. We never truly know what will happen next. It is definitely time that we find our security and safety in the One Who created us and watches over us. It is definitely time that we SEEK what HE wants from us and we ACT as HE wants us to act. It is TIME for us to LISTEN to His Spirit and follow HIS leading, no matter what it is that He asks us to do.

A friend of mine told me today that she and her husband made some choices this year others questioned, but they knew God had asked them to do these things. She felt like Noah because of it. I have felt the same way so many times. Noah was so mis-understood and laughed at. We don’t know anything about his wife, but I’m sure she was ridiculed as well. And yet, his family was the one that was kept safe when the flood came.

In these days and times, what are you WILLING to DO in order to FOLLOW God’s commands? What ridicule are you willing to face in order to OBEY what God requires of you?

According to ALL the verses in the Bible about finding security and being kept safe, we MUST TRUST Him and OBEY Him. Not always the easiest to do when everyone around you is in panic mode. Not always the easiest to do when the world is going a little bit crazy and you “go against the flow.”

The one thing I am certain of, IF we are listening to HIS SPIRIT, than we have no reason to fear and we can find SECURITY. IF we are doing our best to OBEY HIS commands, than HE is our security. It all requires FAITH, HOPE, and then we LOVE with HIS love and bring security to those around us.

I urge you today to find your security in HIM and bring that security to those around you.

 — Rose Horton

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Hope Roars

How does the world define HOPE?

Hope –  to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true; to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment; archaic : trust, reliance (Merriam-Webster online).

The Bible is the REALITY of every born-again child of God, and it defines and refers to HOPE as SO MUCH MORE than what the world suggests.  Any roaring voice who truly speaks the heart of the Father and lives under the New Covenant of Jesus will understand that we are carriers of HOPE because we are carriers of Jesus Himself.  As citizens of Heaven (Philippians 3:20) and as those who are seated with Christ Himself (Ephesians 2:6), we actually carry the authority and the ability to remain far ABOVE fear and hopelessness.  Our reality is a greater one because of who we are in Christ.  We must not completely hide ourselves away from what is happening in this Earthly reality, but we have the absolute privilege of ROARING HOPE over Earth, even if it means standing in the face of a spirit of fear.

I heard the Lord say recently that it’s time for us to ROAR with HOPE again.  Especially during this hour where so many are afraid.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind”

– 2 Timothy 1:7

“…for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” – 1 John 4:4

I love that truth, that you and I get the absolute honor of getting to ROAR HOPE over the Earth.

WHY HOPE

In prayer, the Lord gave me the following points and scriptures to build a case for HOPE to stir up the ROAR within each voice of HOPE that reads this.

1. There is a great AWAKENING happening across the globe at the moment.  The Bride is getting into position for the greatest harvest of souls and the most Heavenly outpouring of the Holy Ghost that we have ever known! True to his usual character, the backlash of the enemy is fear and intimidation.

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” (Proverbs 13:12).  The Lord showed me that His will for the Bride involved hearts that are FULLY ALIVE, FULLY AWAKE, and FULL OF RESURRECTION LIFE!  

The enemy will always twist and try to do the opposite of God’s will, which in this case means causing hearts to grow “sick” rather than fully awake and alive with promise.

The voices of HOPE must arise in this hour to ROAR HOPE and LIFE over the fearful, sick hearts.  We ROAR “no more delay,” and we say NO to the spirit of fear!

2. HOPE does not disappoint. We can hold onto it with all our strength because of the love of God poured out into our hearts.  HOPE BRINGS LIFE, and we can rejoice in hard times because the HOPE of the Holy Spirit that was given to us.

Romans 5:3-5: “And not only this, but]we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”

3. HOPE anchors the soul to God’s Word!  Anchor – a reliable or principal support; something that serves to hold an object firmly (Merriam-Webster online).  It keeps our emotions and thoughts firmly supported and held in TRUTH.  Hebrews 6:19: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil…”

4. HOPE keeps us safely tethered to God, our stronghold. Zechariah 9:12: “Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope;This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.”  The word HOPE here in the Hebrew is the word tiqvah (S8615), which literally means a cord that tethers you to something (also refers to an expectation).  The word stronghold is bitstsarown (S1225), which means a fortress or a fortified place.  Psalm 18:2 calls GOD our fortress and deliverer, and Psalm 46:1-3 also calls God our stronghold.  

5. We have HOPE because our lives are now HIDDEN with Christ.  We can fix our thoughts on higher realities of VICTORY and RESURRECTION because we are hidden.  

Colossians 3:1-4: “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”

NO MORE FEAR

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

You are made perfect in love because of Love Himself.  May you begin to press deeper and deeper into His perfect Love, so that all fear is cast out.  May you see His face in new ways, and be delivered from all fears and shame as you begin to shine with His radiance (Psalm 34:4-5).

I pray that the living and active Word of God begins to take deeper root within you (Hebrews 4:12), and that you join me in ROARING HOPE over the nations.  This is the hour for the HOPE VOICES to arise and ROAR! Greater is He who lives in us than he that is in the world, and we know that the Spirit of God has empowered us and given us love and a sound mind.  

Regardless of the darkness we may see in the world, “a Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” – John 1:5

AND DON’T FORGET TO ROAR!

~ Mandy Woodhouse

Hope Roars